One of the most revered prefixes (Jupiter) in the history of synthesis returns. Welcome the arrival of the Roland JUPITER-80- a live-performance powerhouse that pays homage to its legendary namesake w... Read More
One of the most revered prefixes (Jupiter) in the history of synthesis returns. Welcome the arrival of the Roland JUPITER-80- a live-performance powerhouse that pays homage to its legendary namesake with road-proven hardware and massive sound, yet blasts into the future with advanced SuperNATURAL technology. The JUPITER-80's expressive, organic approach to synthesis makes a new world of sound design possible with multilayered SuperNATURAL textures under the control of a full-color touchscreen and creative hands-on controllers. Experience the metamorphosis of a legend with the all-new JUPITER-80!
Past, present, and future sound
The JUPITER-80 nods to its past with lethal, multi-layered SuperNATURAL synthesizer tones so fat you'll need a knife to cut through it, but that's only the beginning of what this powerhouse synth will do. Gigging musicians will love the stockpile of essential sounds onboard, including Roland's famous SuperNATURAL Piano, strings, brass, and much more. The JUPITER-80 puts a fast-access user interface under your fingers-a dream for live performance. Its heavyweight design, complete with metal side panels, recalls the legendary JUPITER but with a modern twist.
Powerful live sets featuring four-tone structure and registrations
JUPITER-80's sound engine handles four x tones with dedicated DSP per tone as a basic unit "Live Set" for manual performance. Layering of Upper and Lower Live Sets, plus a specialized "SOLO" part, means the incredibly massive nine-tone-stack sound. Customized complex settings can be saved as Registrations, and easily recalled during live performance.
You will love the deep possibilities of the stackable SuperNATURAL architecture and unique features such as Tone Blender, which tweaks values of multiple parameters simultaneously and lets you "Capture" any new combination and save it as a Live Set. Create complex, emotional textures that respond, react, and evolve like nothing you've heard before. Tone Blender can also dramatically enhance your live-performance capabilities by letting you assign its multiple parameters to controllers such as the D Beam.
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Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:
After the dust settled over the controversial name Roland applied to the Jupiter 80 it became apparent that the Jupiter 80 bore little resemblance to its namesake the Jupiter 8. Once people like me got our minds wrapped around that, some were able to appreciate what this new, all digital 256 voice performance synthesizer has to offer. Some ultimately never will. This review is a summary of my initial impressions of the Jupiter 80 after using it in my recording studio for a month.
For starters the full size keyboard is superb and a joy to play and the build quality is impressive. The minimal physical control knobs may put the analog crew off but I was impressed with the color touch-screen interface design and my hat is off to the Roland engineers for integrating an easy to use interface with a complex sound architecture. The interface makes it easier to dive in and really learn how to program the beast and tap its true potential which is huge.
The MIDI and Arpeggiator implementations on the Jupiter 80 are truly impressive and the ability to layer and stack sounds is staggering. On the other hand you will need an external drum machine to bring the percussion possibilities to life and in that respect; the Korg Kronos will kick the Jupiter 80 to the curb. Not all is lost though if you are willing to Midi the Jupiter 80 up with a good drum machine. Do that and put in some time and you can expect some amazing results.
There is both good and bad news when it comes to the Jupiter 80 sounds. On one hand the Super Natural Acoustic and VA Synth sounds were very impressive when played in isolation, but many of the sounds did not 'Sit in the Mix' well during multi-track recording sessions for me. Roland maintains a web based library of additional sounds for free download but for some reason Roland skimped on internal memory which means you will spend allot of time swapping sounds in and out of the machine. Not a show stopper, just tedious. Trying to organize a set list is time consuming and quite frankly, a frustrating experience. I'm not sure what Roland was thinking here. Roland claims that Jupiter 80 can support up to 256 Registrations but in my experience I could only store the Version 2 sound set and several downloads from their website for a total of around eighty (80) Registrations in memory. This limitation is what makes the next limitation so disappointing and in my case, a real show stopper for me.
There is no PC Based editor/librarian software bundled or available for the Jupiter 80 other than the iPad based application which has limited functionally. The iPad app. will have appeal when using the Jupiter 80 for performance purposes but that is about it. I contacted one of the leading software development houses that specialize in synthesizer software/librarians for many main stream digital and analog synthesizers (including Roland) and was told that they had no plans to develop and release a stand alone PC Editor/Librarian for the Roland Jupiter series. Not sure what happened there, but this fact coupled with limited physical memory was a huge development and engineering blunder that limits the potential of an otherwise brilliant digital synthesizer.
I really wanted to keep my Jupiter 80 but ended up returning it. I rolled the dice and on one hand I was totally impressed and on the other totally frustrated considering the price.
I think for most people who just need a great performance synthesizer with a ton of sounds the Jupiter 80 might just be the ticket.
Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:
I rate the Jupiter 80 with a solid 5 stars and Guitar Center service is excellent so 5 stars too. I've owned the Jupiter 80 for about a month. The synth sounds are amazing as well as other acoustic sounds like the guitar, bells and trumpets; the quality of the keyboard in general was better than what I expected. This keyboard is an excellent modern synthesizer that produces very cool and professional synth sounds; it didn't take me too long to feel the power of this synth and if you don't know what I mean by power just try playing one and you'll see and hear what I mean; when I play it with my friends they look at each other with a big smile on their face saying "wow". The quality of materials is good, nothing feels cheap. The key action is very good like it should for a synth. The keyboard layout is well thought-out and I find it easy to navigate, screens are intuitive and easy to access through the touchscreen. There is a small keyboard icon on the screen that always tells me the layer/split settings of each performance. This is a very helpful feature. Sounds edits can be done easily and I can create my own sounds, multi-layers, splits, arpeggios in two different sections of the keyboard and I still can assign sounds to a third section for solos if I needed. I have not used yet the drum section. Creating new performances is quick and easy. I like the lighted buttons below the keys which give me quick access to find performances. The keyboard has a USB port in the front panel that I like using for recording and saving my ideas since I can do it in seconds. After using the keyboard for a few weeks I can tell that this keyboard was designed to get things done quickly and I like that because I spend my time playing and enjoying my music rather than navigating through screens to find basic functions. I have read reviews that say the learning curve on the jupiter 80 was long and difficult and I disagree unless you're new to synthesis. I found some 20+ Jupiter 80 tutorial videos on youtube that got me started with all basic functions in a couple of hours. I own a Motif Xf8 and I find the Jupiter 80 very different in many ways to the Motif, I use the motif for piano related music because the Motif excels in this area but making layers and splits is a real pain, yamaha gives better flexibility for splits/layers/arpeggios to a S90xs user than a Motif XF user that paid an extra $1,5K, I don't understand why but that opened my search to other brands like in this case Roland so now the good thing for me is that I don't have to struggle with that anymore with the Jupiter 80. The Jupiter 80 excels in the synth section but when we start talking about layers/splits/arpeggios possibilities and ease of use, then we are talking about miles of difference with the motif, the Jupiter 80 is a monster in this area and I didn't find any other keyboard that comes close to this one for that purpose. I didn't compare the Jupiter 80 with analog synths because I consider analog synths in a different family and for a different purpose, simmilar maybe but different at the end. The Jupiter 80 doesn't have a sequencer and weighted keys but I want to clarify that I don't need the sequencer (I can get things done with a daw) and I do not like weighted keys in a synth so for me the key action is good as is. One option I looked at was buying the integra and connect it to the Motif but the thing was that with the integra/motif I couldn't get the flexible use for design of layers/splits/arpeggios, the the ease of use and the synth keybed plus let's be honest, the keyboard desing on the Jupiter 80 is very cool, my wife laughs at me because she says I like the colored lighted buttons... and I admit I do and I know she likes them too!
Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:
I just bought the Jupiter 80 3 weeks ago and I'll tell you what, I'm totally pleased with my decision. The stock sounds in this synth are beyond my expectations. Layers, layers, layers, and more layers of rich, lush, and heavy sounds. If I were at the moment a some sort of super sonic nerd, I would love it even more in regards to all the tweaking and other technical changes that can be made to all these sounds. I really aspire to learn how to design my own sounds. This board is so user friendly and the touch screen and other knobs and cursors makes it a breeze to navigate through. You can really dive right in before even cracking open the owners manual. I'm excited about the challenge of learning my Jupiter 80 inside and out. So far the learning curve has not been as challenging as I thought it would be. I was able to integrate it with Pro Tools 9 with no problem, and get this; using just the USB cable I'm able to slave the Jupiter 80 to Pro Tools 9 and record midi data in sync with the tempo in Pro Tools 9. Totally blown away by that, I thought I would need midi cables and a bunch of step by step instructions, but it really is right in the manual and its just so easy. This board is a live musicians dream. The instruments are all very realistic, from the acoustic to the electric ones. I would recommend the synth to any live musician, and also to anyone wanting to add a solid synth to their recording studio setup. I think I'm in love. Get this board, you'll thank me later! Peace...